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PhotographÂ was edited for publication purposes The Land of Oz playground was located within the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park located at 14201 Huston Street in Sherman Oaks. Planning for the playground, which broke ground on November 27, 1964, began as a joint venture between the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, the Van Nuys Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Children's Play Park Association. However, lack of funding for the 'Wizard of Oz' themed playground caused construction to drag on for more than a decade. In the end, the city withdrew further support for the failed project which was left incomplete and with only a few structures standing, the 'Over the Rainbow' bridge and 'Munchkinland' castle. Over the years, with no funding for maintenance or security, the play area and its structures fell victim to gang and drug activity, vandalism, and decay and were demolished in the late 1980's. Photograph caption dated December 17, 1964 reads, "The children had many different conceptions of how the Scarecrow who went to the Wizard in search of a brain, looked like. The completed park will feature many aspects of the Land of Oz, especially a friendly Scarecrow."; See images #00118380 through #00118387 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00118384 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d022_f8_i9 CARL0005375507 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/52020
Ground breaking ceremonies--California--Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles) Playgrounds--California--Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles) Playgrounds--California--Los Angeles--Design and construction Oz (Imaginary place) Processions--California--Los Angeles Audiences--California--Los Angeles Children--California--Los Angeles Scarecrow (Fictitious character : Baum) Costumes Parks--California--Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles) Van Nuys Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park (Los Angeles, Calif.) Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles, Calif.) Valley Times Collection photographs